In the Hunger Games, the games begin with Tributes on a platform surrounded by landmines. If they step off their platform before the cannon fires, they trigger the landmines and are blown to smithereens. In the first Hunger Games book, one of the Tributes actually digs up the mines and uses them.

However, in the 75th Hunger Games, the Tributes start out on platforms surrounded by water, precluding the use of landmines. You're allowed to walk around on your platform, so clearly the platform itself wasn't mined. What was keeping the Tributes from simply jumping into the water?

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    Naval mines?
    – Ayrx
    Jul 27, 2014 at 16:50
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    I have the utmost confidence in the ability of the Capitol to kill them in water just as easily as they do on land, if they want to. Jul 27, 2014 at 16:59
  • @AvnerShahar-Kashtan Nothing says "I'm confident in my Capitol" than knowing they can kill you wherever, and whenever.
    – Möoz
    Apr 9, 2019 at 3:43

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The Capitol can kill you anyway.

If not land mines, then there are plenty of other ways to kill you in water if you jump in before the Games have started:

  • Naval mines and depth charges
  • “Pull the plug” under the tribute; suck them underwater until they drown
  • Sharp rotating blades on the bases under the surface
  • Sharks. Or lasers. Or laser sharks.
  • And so on.

The Capitol could find some other suitably painful and immediate way of killing Tributes who tried to start early in water. And even if you don’t die immediately, then there are plenty of ways for you to be killed in the Game itself.

They also don’t need to give the Capitol extra reasons to kill them.

Some of the Tributes know of the plan to smuggle Katniss out, and those that don’t are still shrewd enough to realise that these Games are designed to kill off old Tributes and potential leaders in the rebellion. No need to paint a target on your back.

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    Sharks with lasers on their frickin' heads?
    – Valorum
    Jul 27, 2014 at 19:12
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    From what we see of the Games and the Capitol's capabilities, is it not entirely possible that an explosive charge could be situated in the starting platform itself for the 75th Hunger Games? As a previous winner fully aware of the standard consequences for jumping the start, would any of the tributes have had any reason to doubt that breaking the rules would get them killed? Would they think it was worth the risk trying to find out? I doubt it. Jul 28, 2014 at 17:57
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    I can't believe an answer with laser sharks got only 6 upvotes. What's wrong with all'y'all people!?!?! Jul 13, 2015 at 18:35

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